Hitting the numbers ……
Athletes need to learn to follow the process and execute things in a straight line. If one was to look at a time trial effort in terms of watts one would be looking for a straight line – a flat line – consistent effort no matter the course. Athletes need to approach life / injury in that same matter and it is something that needs to be trained.
I’m a coach first and in that role I can be very blunt and very honest. Emotion is something I pay a lot of attention too. It is a performance indicator and can help certain athletes apply. In other athletes its something that needs to bet out of them with a sledge hammer of hard knocks.
I’ve got both types in my squad, both types are winners but both types don’t win as much.
In my second role as an athlete I buy my ticket on the injury roller coaster and scream my head off like a girl, spit my dody out of my pram and act like a spoilt girl in the Charlie Wonka factory
Dealing with injury …….
Here is a list of dont do s
1. Do not put head in the sand
2. Do not close up.,,, mentally
3. Do not over indulge in food/drink
4. Do not try to comeback from injury too quick
5. Do not do not do not think its the end of your goal / journey …. Just move the goal posts
Here is a list of do’s
1. Doctor / physio / coach
This is your head triangle – what they say go – ask as many questions and demand answers you understand ( if you do not accept these ask other professionals in that area )
2. Inner triangle ….. You will have to accept this at some stage, as an athlete you are not invincible and that everyone needs to talk to someone about something.
You – partner – friend ( outside of sport ) — coach
Your partner is the one that will have to deal with your mood swings and no matter what way you play your tiny violin he/ she will have to listen to the song.
Your friend outside of tri – just has to be a good listener but someone who can tell you to HTFU and explain why
Your coach — he/she needs to help you move the goal posts and keep you motivated during injury. He/she wants to know, he/ she might not be able to help. But, as I said in the last blog there is always something that can be done and your coach is the person to bridge the gap from doctor & physio to future racing
My roller coaster
Day 5 … I was down to one crutch
Day 6 … No crutch
Day 7 … Crutch to 5k achieved
& now other leg has seized up due to the gangster swagger wiggle woggle i have going on. No sign of stitches coming out but both my legs are knackered. Still nothing will ever equal what I saw my mom go through.
Thankfully the hounds and kittens are keeping me busy in Tenerife to dwell too much and watching them make gains is all that matters.